Uniworld River Cruise Collection
S.S. Maria Theresa

The 150-passenger S.S. Maria Theresa just launched in the spring of 2015 and was inspired by her great namesake Empress Maria Theresa, the Archduchess of Austria and Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, who reined the Habsburg Dynasty from 1740 to 1780. This floating palace’s design was inspired by the opulent Baroque period and cruises through the heart of Maria Theresa’s vast empire along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers in Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, Austria and Slovakia. Nevertheless, you will find all kinds of modern amenities including free internet and Wi-Fi access, a spa and fitness center, a heated swimming pool and a 10-seat cinema.

Great for
Someone looking for a river cruise and interested in European medieval history, culture and art. This cruise is also great for someone who doesn’t want to worry about a thing when on vacation as it is all-inclusive; all food and drink (not just beer and wine with lunch and dinner), all gratuities, tips for daily drivers and guides and shore excursions each day are all included in the price.

With whom
By yourself, with a friend or a partner. Unless your kids are older and would appreciate daily sightseeing excursions, this is not the cruise to take your children on.

Memorable moment
The accommodations are so comfortable that it can be hard to be motivated to leave your room. The super-cozy beds have custom-made Savoir mattresses and the bathrooms feature heated floors and towel racks.

Best time to go
March through December. The best time to go depends on your personal interest. While some may enjoy exploring the Christmas markets in November/December, others may prefer cruising in the spring and summer when nature is in full bloom.

Be aware
With shore excursions every day and no day purely at sea, this is not a completely relaxing vacation. You may find yourself wanting to add a few relaxing vacation days after this cruise. However, don’t feel forced to go on every excursion; there is always something to do on board.

Rates vary by itinerary, room category and departure date, and don’t include port charges, taxes, airfare and other fees or savings offers.

More info
USA Today: Inside the year’s most elegant new river ship

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